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Mara Isaacs

Mara Isaacs is a creative producer and the founder and director of Octopus Theatricals, a theatrical producing and consulting company. For eighteen seasons, Mara produced McCarter Theater’s series and play development programs including numerous commissions and productions of new plays and musicals (by Christopher Durang, Edward Albee, Athol Fugard, Regina Taylor, Nilo Cruz, and others). Current projects include the new musical Sleeping Beauty Wakes by Rachel Sheinkin, Brendan Milburn and Valerie Vigoda;  Global Crossings (working title), an international collaboration with U.S., Israeli, Palestinian and South African artists); and Memory Rings by Phantom Limb Company. Mara has twice been selected as a Mentor with the TCG New Generations Program and teaches courses in creative producing, international theater and musical theater development for Princeton University. 

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What Do I Want This Next Decade to Be?
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What Do I Want This Next Decade to Be?

Kim Whitener and Mara Isaacs in conversation

4 November 2018

Kim Whitener, the former executive director of HERE, and theatre producer and consultant Mara Isaacs sit down to talk about moving from institutions to the freelance world (and vice versa), the generosity of other theatre creators, work-life balance, and more.

From Local to Global
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From Local to Global

A Paradigm Shift

6 October 2013

Mara Isaacs sheds light on the dynamics placed upon New Jersey's theatre scene and explains how she was able to move forward and create a new model of theatre-making.